Dark cloud continues to creep over SUN TV Network owner, Kalanithi Maran and his brother Dayanidhi Maran. On 15th June, the Central government filed an appeal in the Madras High Court challenging a single judge order of last September that had put a stay order on the centre’s directive to the Multi System Operator (MSO), Kal Cables, whereby the MSO was directed to shut down their services. Kal runs Sumangali Cable Vision (SCV), a cable distribution arm of the Sun Group.
In the appeal, the centre claimed that Kal Cables was given a licence on the condition that it should get security clearance from the Union Home Ministry. But after denial of security clearance by MHA, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) should cancel its MSO license. “Invoking principles of natural justice does not arise as Kal Cables has not complied with an essential condition of security clearance from the Home Ministry,” quoted a source from the Centre.
A division bench of the court, comprising of Justice Sathish K Agnihotri and Justice M Venugopal, adjourned the matter for July 1st and issued a notice to the MSO.
It also learnt from the sources that the MHA and MIB had not issued any show-cause notices before denying the security clearance and cancelling their license.